Saturday, March 17, 2018

Noctua Chromax Review

The crew at LanOC just published a review of Noctua's Chromax line of products.

Buy Xbox One X, Get Sea of Thieves for a Limited Time

For a limited time, when you buy an Xbox One X, you'll get Sea of Thieves for free.

To Find Suspects, Police Turn To Google

Damn, I feel sorry for anyone that lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In at least four investigations last year – cases of murder, sexual battery and even possible arson at the massive downtown fire in March 2017 – Raleigh police used search warrants to demand Google accounts not of specific suspects, but from any mobile devices that veered too close to the scene of a crime, according to a WRAL News review of court records.

Far Cry 5 Bill of Rights Trailer

The new Far Cry 5 Bill of Rights trailer is out now. The right to "arm bears." 🐻 (NSFW)

Friday, March 16, 2018

SilverStone Redline RL06 Case Review

The crew at Hardware Asylum have published a review of the SilverStone Redline RL06 today. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

With the SilverStone RL06 you have a good platform for just about any cooling situation. The three intake fans and open front bezel are great for basic aircooling and if you wanted to use an AIO watercooler you have two really good options for radiator placement.

Azio Retro Classic Keyboard Review

I'm not sure how well I'd be able to type on the Azio Retro Classic keyboard but I love the look and styling.

Cool Video of the Day

Once you get passed all the talking (1 minute mark), this video is pretty damn spiffy.

Hacker Adrian Lamo Dies at 37

Adrian Lamo has passed away. According to ZDNet, his father confirmed his passing but the circumstances of his death are not yet known.

His father, Mario, posted a brief tribute to his son in a Facebook group on Friday. "With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian's friends and acquaintances that he is dead. A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son," he wrote.

The City That Banned Bitcoin Mining

This quote should explain everything for you:

And the city currently has no other mechanism to tax them, either: “There’s no city income tax and no sales tax because most of the investors live outside the region,” Read said.

HotHardware 2.5 Geeks Show

If you haven't done so already, make sure you guys head on over to HotHardware and check out the latest installment of the 2.5 Geeks show.

World's Greatest Girlfriend (NOT!)

Holy crap! This is terrifying on multiple levels.

With her boyfriend finally asleep, Emily Javier reached for the samurai sword she had secretly taped earlier to the side of the bed. Below snoozed Alex Lovell. He played too many videos games, Javier would later explain to the police, and now he was cheating on her, she claimed. She knew the signs. Tinder on his phone. Scratches across his back. A girl’s hair in their shower drain. In the weak phone glow, Javier allegedly started hacking.

Brainiac vs. Brain Cancer: Teen Tackles Deadly Disease

Warning: Reading about this teenage whiz kid could hurt your ego. Teenager Kavya Kopparapu has accomplished more than most of us ordinary mortals. Before entering her senior year of high school, she’d invented an AI-powered tool to prevent blindness in diabetics. She’d co-created a mobile app to let EMTs securely pull medical information from unconscious patients’ smartphones. And she’d founded a nonprofit to support girls in technology. But that was just kids’ stuff for the 17 year old. Now the Washington, D.C.-area teen is using GPU-accelerated deep learning to fight the deadliest form of brain cancer, glioblastoma. The fast-growing cancer is best known for who it’s afflicted — U.S. Senator John McCain is battling it now — and the lives it’s claimed, including U.S. Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy and Beau Biden, son of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

AMD Propels Tear-Free Gameplay Beyond the PC

AMD and Microsoft announced support for Radeon FreeSync™ technology in Microsoft’s Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles, bringing the industry’s most widely adopted solution for fluid, artifact-free gaming to fans around the world. 

Three years ago AMD introduced FreeSync™ technology with an aim to end choppy gameplay and broken frames by driving widespread adoption of adaptive refresh technology through a cost-effective, industry standard approach. Gamers have responded en masse, making it the overwhelming choice for smooth, stutter-free gaming with more than 240 FreeSync™ compatible displays on the market from 20+ partners.

Intel at 50: Historic Photos

As Intel counts down to its 50th anniversary on July 18, 2018, it will share photos from its history. They show the company’s first years, its growth and how its products change lives worldwide. Return regularly to the Intel Newsroom as more photos are added every few weeks. Intel will also share stories about its first 50 years as the golden anniversary nears. To track Intel’s progress toward the 50th anniversary on social media, follow the WeAreIntel Twitter account.

Advancing Security at the Silicon Level

In addressing the vulnerabilities reported by Google Project Zero earlier this year, Intel and the technology industry have faced a significant challenge. Thousands of people across the industry have worked tirelessly to make sure we delivered on our collective priority: protecting customers and their data. I am humbled and thankful for the commitment and effort shown by so many people around the globe. And, I am reassured that when the need is great, companies – and even competitors – will work together to address that need. 

But there is still work to do. The security landscape is constantly evolving and we know that there will always be new threats. This was the impetus for the Security-First Pledge I penned in January. Intel has a long history of focusing on security, and now, more than ever, we are committed to the principles I outlined in that pledge: customer-first urgency, transparent and timely communications, and ongoing security assurance.

Intel Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

Intel Corporation today announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share ($1.20 per share on an annual basis) on the company’s common stock. The dividend will be payable on June 1, 2018, to stockholders of record on May 7, 2018.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Performance Analysis

Our friends at Overclockers Club have put Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus to the test to see just how this game performs on a variety of GPUs.

It has been a bit, but I am finally back in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, this time to look at how it performs across multiple GPUs. While it is my RX Vega 64 I use as my daily driver, I still have a GTX 770, GTX 980, and GTX 1080 (and GTX 1070, but I skipped it, which I will explain later). The GTX 770 is getting a bit old now, but it is also the NVIDIA GPU given on the game's minimum requirements, so I wanted to give it a shot.

Quake Champions Spring Update Launches

Bethesda has launched the March update for Quake Champions. Head on over to Blue's News for the complete rundown.


  • INSTAGIB – The fast-moving, gib-tastic classic hits Quake Champions, introducing a fun, fast and casual game where every shot is a one-hit kill. Players will start each match with the only weapons available – the Rail Gun and the Gauntlet -- and there are no weapon, health, armor, or powerup pickups. Champions still have active and passive abilities, so one-shot grenades from Keel and insta-kill totems from Galena add to the flesh-chewing madness.
  • 2v2 TDM RANKED MODE – It’s like Duel mode, but it’s 2v2. Players can team-up with a buddy and face off against other dynamic duos from around the world, strategizing Champion and Ability combinations that will push them to the top of the global leaderboard.
  • SPRING COSMETICS – We’ve had enough snow and we’re ready for Spring. Quake Champions’ new Spring cosmetics lets players outfit Champions and weapons in a colorful collection of happy pastels and floral patterns. Spring-themed profile icons, name plates, and festive headwear, including a unicorn hat, bird’s nest, and more, round-out our Spring Collection. Go get yourself some pinks and purples and make some black-and-blues.
  • NO ABILITIES MODE – Party like it’s 1999, Quake Dads. Quake Champions can now go old school with the option to turn off active Champion abilities via custom games. 

Corsair Carbide 275R Review

The folks over at ocaholic have posted a review of the Corsair Carbide 275R this afternoon. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

With the Carbide 275R, Corsair updated their Carbide series with a tempered glass side panel. Like the previous 270R, the new Carbide is a case capable of housing custom watercooling builds and ATX motherboard. There is a lot of space available for radiators and there is space for reservoir and pump.

NZXT H400i Chassis Reviews

The NZXT H400i is on the test bench over at OCInside and LanOC today. If you haven't done so already, make sure you head on over and check out both reviews. 

AMD RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Review

I'm not sure how I missed this review of AMD's liquid cooled RX Vega 64 but, as they say, it's better late than never.
The RX580 is a good card but when you are looking to game at 1440 or 4k your options have just been the GTX 1070, GTX 1080, and recently the GTX 1080 Ti. Well AMD is back, they do have a few options up in the high-end range again. Of course, there has been a lot of drama as well, today I’m going to check out performance now that Vega has been out for a little while. Talk about the differences between the cards, and take a closer look at the RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled model that AMD sent over. 

For Honor PC Starter Edition Released

If you haven't played For Honor yet, and you are looking to get into the game on the cheap, you might want to head on over to Steam and pick up the PC Starter Edition.

The Starter Edition will include: 

  • Three fully unlocked Vanguard Heroes: The Warden, Raider, and Kensei will be fully unlocked (playable and customisable) at the start of the game. 
  • Three Launch Heroes from Players’ Selected Faction: Three additional playable heroes will be granted to players based on the faction they choose when first launching the Starter Edition (Knight, Viking, Samurai); Players can progress and loot with these heroes, however customisation options become available once the Heroes are “recruited” for 8000 Steel* each. 
  • Twelve Remaining Heroes: Players will also be able to fully unlock the six heroes from launch for gameplay and customisation for 8000 steel* each. The six heroes released in post launch seasons can be fully unlocked for gameplay and customisation for 15000 Steel* each.

See the Automotive Future This Month at GTC 2018

Autonomous vehicles and industry luminaries converge in San Jose, March 26-29. Semiconductors and sedans. Integrated circuits and racing circuits. The GPU Technology Conference is once again roaring into Silicon Valley, and has quickly become one of the world’s top automotive technology events. From March 26-29, it’ll be the place to learn about the newest developments in autonomous vehicles, AI cockpits and new mobility offerings.

Intel Remembers Stephen Hawking

News of the death of Dr. Stephen Hawking was greeted with sadness by many Intel employees who worked with the famed British physicist. On Wednesday morning, they spoke of their good fortune at having been able to work with him and the grace and humor with which he lived his life.

Intel issued an official statement after Hawking’s death: “RIP Professor Stephen Hawking, an expansive thinker who inspired us all. Intel is honored to have worked with him over the years and we are saddened by this news. Few people transcend their fields the way Professor Hawking did during his lifetime and he will be sorely missed.”

Stephen Hawking: Intel Helped Give Him His Voice

Dr. Stephen Hawking, the renowned British physicist who inspired generations through his accessible descriptions of the cosmos and his public battle with a neurological disorder, shared a long history of innovation with Intel over the years. Hawking, the modern successor to Isaac Newton, died early Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England. 

“Working with Stephen was the most meaningful and challenging endeavor of my life. It fed my soul and really hit home how technology can profoundly improve people’s lives. We will continue developing and refining this technology in the open source community in his honor, to reach all people in need. This is something he cared about deeply,” Lama Nachman, Intel Fellow, said Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Astronaut's DNA No Longer Matches That Of His Identical Twin

Obviously one of the two have been replaced by aliens. DOESN'T ANYONE AT NASA WATCH HORROR / SCIENCE FICTION MOVIES?!?!?! Also...why did NASA perform a DNA test on them in the first place? Think about it...

Spending a year in space not only changes your outlook, it transforms your genes. Preliminary results from NASA's Twins Study reveal that 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly's genes did not return to normal after his return to Earth two years ago. 

Augmented Reality Street Fighter II

This looks so bad ass!

Cryptocurrencies Fall As Google Announces Ad Ban

I was wondering how long it would take for Google to follow Facebook's lead on this.

Google is banning ads related to cryptocurrency from its vast advertising network, effective in June. The move follows a similar decision by Facebook in January. The shift comes as cryptocurrencies—and especially "initial coin offerings" of new digital tokens—have come under increasing scrutiny by regulators. Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission warned that many cryptocurrency exchanges are operating outside the law. 

MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon Review

I don't know about you but, aside from some odd temperature issues, the MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon looks like a beast of a board.
MSI has done a great job with a whole list of different models on Z370. For the launch, they sent over the Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon, one of their higher end boards and I’ve been testing with it. Today I want to check out what they have going on for features and see how it compares to the rest of the market. Is the Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon the board to get for your new build?

R.I.P Stephen Hawking

God speed Stephen Hawking, you'll always be the Quake Master.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Review

The crew at OCInside had a ton of great things to say about the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio video card.

The GeForce GTX 1080Ti Gaming X Trio from MSI. We have recently tested the MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X and were thrilled with both the card’s performance and smoothness. Can the 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio top it all? Is it really worth the price called for? 

ROCCAT Khan Pro Gaming Headset Review

Those of you shopping for a new gaming headset ought to check out this review of the ROCCAT Khan Pro before you spend your hard earned money.

How GPUs Help Track Threatened Animal Species

It’s not true that if you’ve seen one zebra you’ve seen them all. But unless researchers can get a handle on their real numbers, it one day may be. To do that, you have to be able to identify individual zebras and — as Tanya Berger-Wolf discovered after spending 25 minutes trying to identify a specific zebra — that’s even harder than it sounds.

A zebra’s stripes are as subtly individual as human fingerprints. “I thought I was going to lose my mind,” admits Berger-Wolf, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. So Berger-Wolf helped create a solution that harnesses publicly shared videos — and GPUs — to speed up the task of identifying individual animals of all kinds. 

NVIDIA Announces Upcoming Event for Financial Community

NVIDIA will present at the following event for the financial community:

  • NVIDIA Annual Investor Day
  • Tuesday, March 27, at 12 p.m. Pacific time
  • San Jose Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos St., San Jose

Interested parties can listen to a live audio webcast of NVIDIA’s presentation at this event, available on the NVIDIA website at A replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days afterward.

How VR Can Spin the Odometer Forward for Simulated Self-Driving Cars

If time equals money, then the development of self-driving cars through road testing is in trouble. Researchers at RAND estimate that getting a self-driving car to reach the same level of accuracy as a human driver would require driving 11 billion test miles. To put that in perspective, in 2016, all the autonomous driving companies in California clocked just 700,000 miles combined.

Cognata, an Israel-based startup and member of our Inception program, aims to accelerate the time it takes to fully train an autonomous vehicle by enabling driving within a virtual environment. Using a combination of AI, deep learning and computer vision, the company has created what might be thought of as a time machine for developing vehicles that will take us from point A to B without us having to touch the steering wheel.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Facebook May Launch a Video News Channel

Wait...I thought Facebook said they were NOT a media company.

Facebook is getting ready to launch a news section for its Watch platform and it's testing different video partnerships with roughly 10 publishers, Axios has learned. Why it matters: This would be the first standalone news product for national news in Watch. The tech company previously launched several products, like Instant Articles and Facebook Live, with an array of publishers which included but was not limited to news companies.

SilverStone Primera PM01-RGB Case Review

If you are a fan of RGB lighting and in the market for a new case, the crew at TweakTown have just the case review for you.

Metal Gear Survive Review

A Metal Gear game without Hideo Kojima? Is anyone surprised that this game is a turd?

Metal Gear Survive’s team managed to make a game both bad to play and fascinating to examine. The point of Metal Gear Survive is that there is no point; there is nothing that cannot be broken down for the grossest material consumption. You might find some insights poking around the wreckage, but at the end of the day it’s still a pile of junk.

GTA V Premium Edition Launches in April

If for some strange reason you do not own GTA 5 yet, you'll be able to pick up the premium version of the game next month.

The new version of the game is the same as the base game, though obviously including over four years' worth of DLC, and comes bundled with the Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack. The Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack, which was released as paid DLC back in December, contains the following content for GTA Online which, if you believe everything you read, has a value of over $10,000,000 GTA dollars. 

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.2

Attention Radeon owners, the latest update to AMD's driver software suite is out now. The highlights of this latest driver release include:

Final Fantasy® XV

  • Up to 4% faster performance playing Final Fantasy® XV using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.1 at 1920x1080 (1080p). RS-230
  • Up to 7% faster performance playing Final Fantasy® XV using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.2 on the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.1 at 1920x1080 (1080p). RS-231

Fixed Issues

  • Final Fantasy® XV may experience minor stutter during some particle effects.

Known Issues

  • A random system hang may be experienced after extended periods of use on system configurations using 12 GPU's for compute workloads.
  • Destiny 2™ may experience an application hang in the mission "Heist" on some Radeon GCN1.0 products.
  • Destiny 2™ may experience long load times when the application has been open for extended periods of time.
  • Radeon Overlay may intermittently fail to enable when toggled in some games.
  • FFmpeg application may experience corrupted output for H264 video streams.
  • Resizing Radeon Settings may cause the window to intermittently stutter.

Microsoft Announces Quarterly Dividend

Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.42 per share. The dividend is payable June 14, 2018, to shareholders of record on May 17, 2018. The ex-dividend date will be May 16, 2018. Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Smart Cities Technologies Give Back 125 Hours to Citizens Every Year

The record for the world’s worst traffic jam belongs to Beijing’s gridlock. For 12 days in August 2010, cars could not escape 62 miles of freeway. This example, alongside the U.N.’s prediction that by 2030 two-thirds of the world’s population will reside in densely packed megacities, reinforces a real urgency to alleviate the pressures and impact of overcrowding. The concept of “smart cities,” which employs Internet of Things (IoT) technologies such as connected sensors, meters and lights to collect and analyze data to improve public infrastructure and services, holds the promise to dramatically change the way citizens live, work and get around. But is there a way to tangibly measure these benefits? 

Yes, there is. An Intel-sponsored study by Juniper Research estimates that smart cities have the potential to “give back” a remarkable 125 hours to every resident every year. Additionally, the study ranks the top 20 smart cities worldwide across four key areas: mobility, health care, public safety and productivity, and reveals how these cities deliver positive outcomes for increased time savings and productivity, increases in health and overall quality of life, and a safer environment.